Amie Bishop & The Slingers was formed and is led by singer/songwriter Amie Bishop.
Bishop has been a professional cheerleader, served in the Air Force, been a model, a waitress and a bartender.
All of that goes into being one of the most loved rock performers in Central Arkansas.
She can be found frequently some of the most popular spots in the area. Today we learn more about Amie Bishop and The Slingers in the music profile.
An Americana, rock and blues ensemble rooted in Arkansas formed by singer/songwriter, Amie Bishop, in 2020. Amie & the Slingerz made a quick name for themselves with their original performances of “Merry Go”, “Tune In”, “Damaged”, original cover version of “Amie”, original cover version of “All Along the Watch Tower” and slinging out as much material as possible to provide entertainment during the Covid-19 crisis of 2020.
Amie released 17 singles within the last two years, ranging from solo work to collaborations in Americana, rock, downtempo and EDM. Placing her works in 3 films in the last 2 years. Her history stems from placing her feet on any stage she could find a home in, ranging from vocal performance, dance, television, film to theatre. Amie has been nominated Best Female Artist of Radio Wigwam United Kingdom 2021, Best of The Best 2021, Arkansas Readers Choice Best Rock Band.
“The echos of Amie Bishop’s beautifully husky vocals and unmissable hooks make her new track ‘Dust’ a must listen for fans of alternative rock.” -New Music Platform 2020.
Rock & Blues
Band members (names):
Amie Bishop, Darrin Williams, Keith West, Adam Marriott
Favorite venue to play:
All of them. Big Chill, Stickyz, House of Blues, Ground Zero, any festival.
Music Influences & Inspiration:
Alanis Morrisette, Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Heart, Stevie Nicks, Eurhythmics, Metallica, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray, No Doubt, Clarence Carter, Collective Soul to name a few.
How did you get started?
I began as a dancer. I then became a cheerleader and started singing in the school choir. Then I went on to college cheerleading and then became a professional cheerleader, where this taught me to keep the crowd involved. I was a cheer coach and then when into the Air Force.
During the Air Force, I had a side gig as a model and waited tables as a bartender and a server. This is where I started singing solo at karaoke. When I got out, I taught myself to play the guitar, piano and drums. Wrote a few songs. I earned a degree in Theatrical Arts & Dance. This is where my voice was trained after a vocal coach at the school told me I had a great voice but didn’t know how to use it.
I performed on many stages and took many tour contracts we wearing microphone headpieces, dancing singing acting and tumbling. I was known as a triple threat. I went through an awful divorce, had to move back to Arkansas because I was broke and broken. This is where I formed my first band. Been doing this ever since. I’m also a Registered Nurse and a Medic from the Air Force. It’s been quite the journey.
Favorite song to cover? or Perform
“What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes because the crowd loves to sing it with me. I don’t even need to sing it.
How would you describe the music that you typically create/perform?
I usually tend to wind you up and then wind you down all in one song. I prefer to take you on a roller coaster of emotion with sound and rhythm. When I write, I focus on the beat behind the music and if it will drive your emotions to a forgotten place in your mind.
The music has to have a vibration behind it. I try my hardest to write songs that are relatable and you can feel my energy when you hear it. I seem to sit back and notice that most of my songs are about women’s struggles or being a daughter or wife. Relationship loss or struggle.
I also write for film so I can write a song about a topic given to me as well. I’m a multi-genre writer. But on stage, I like it all organic.
If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?
Alanis, Beth Hart, Joe Bonamassa
How can we find you online and your upcoming events?
What do you enjoy doing outside of music?
I am a mother of a 10 year old competitive swimmer. I’m a wife to a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. I love to cook, take care of my family and I’m also an ambassador for a few brands. One of them being Joe Bonamassa.
Wrapping it up
You can find Amie and her band at any number of venues in Central Arkansas.
You can keep up with Amie and the band on their social media page.
Todd is a copywriter, content strategist, digital marketer and the Publisher for Conway Scene. He enjoys coffee from the local coffee shops, learning the stories of new friends, pro wrestling, and dirt track racing.